Man sentenced to 75 years for molesting adopted sons

Date: 2007-04-04
Source: www.kget.com

Man sentenced to 75 years for molesting adopted sons

 

BAKERSFIELD - A Bakersfield business owner convicted of molesting three boys he adopted was sentenced Wednesday to 75 years to life in prison.

John Krueger was accused of molesting the three boys in December 2005, and charged in April 2006.

The boy’s new families said it’s been a long, emotional ordeal, and they are glad to know Krueger will be behind bars.

Krueger was the former owner of the Quality Inn and had adopted three Ukrainian boys, ages 8, 9, and 11.

After a family friend accused Krueger of molestation back in 2005, police began an investigation.

The District Attorney’s Office said they found that Krueger had been repeatedly molesting the boys.

After emotional pleas from the guardians of the three boys, the judge made his ruling.

Krueger is sentenced to 15 years to life on five different counts of molestation, which adds up to more than 75 years to life.

Krueger’s attorney said he didn’t get a fair trial because prosecutors brought up past allegations of child molestation, none of which led to a conviction.

"I think that's cruel and unusual punishment, many defense lawyers do, for him, at 53 years old,” said Krueger’s attorney George Woodworth. “This amounts to a life sentence.”

“On one hand you think he is 53 years old and has to serve 75 years to life, and on the other hand you have to look at the crime he has committed,” said Deputy D.A. John Lua. “He molested these children numerous times, it wasn't on single occurrence, it was ongoing.”

Krueger’s attorney said they he will appeal the 75 year sentence on the basis that it’s cruel and unusual punishment.

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This is Horse Rubbish.

I am one of the allegedly molested sons of John Krueger. I lived through this ordeal and only have one thing to say...My father did no such thing, against me or my brothers. Tim, my brother, said that the only reason he said my father was guilty, was because one of the police officer said that he would go back to his father if he he said our father was guilty. I have lived 5 years without seeing a man who took us from a poor life and brought us to america. He loved us and took care of us. America is supposed to be a Country of Justice...and you know what it is. It is a country that takes an eye for eye till everyone ends up blind. My father is innocent.....But who is going to listen to a child no one ever does.

Denial

Often times those who have not been hurt by an accused abuser will get very upset and defensive when they hear/read offensive information about the accused, the one they love.  As a result, love will do what love does and that is, do whatever can be done to show care and support for the one facing dark times and a shocking fate.

While this loving act is admirable, it can also reflect a level of denial in some people and some situations.  Denial is a tricky little mind-set because it is a defense mechanism that protects an individual from disturbing news/facts that can otherwise destroy the fabric of one's sense of reality.  When a person denies uncomfortable facts, they are rejecting points and issues that just might prove an entire belief system was wrong, or at the very least, based on half-truths.

Interestingly enough, denial is often the first step of the grief cycle and grieving process.  [See: Kubler-Ross' five stages of grief]

I'm not going to argue if the story about Kruger is horse rubbish or not.  There are two statements made in news reports that suggest a sexual molester was caught, and punishment was due, whether loved ones agree or not.  The first statement has to do with who was and who was not molested in this particular case.

The 53-year-old was convicted in November of molesting two of his adopted sons and a boy who is not his. Four adopted Ukrainian victims were alleged -- three were his adopted sons, the fourth was the children's friend, Lua said. The prosecution said he molested the third son, but that son denied ever being touched inappropriately and the jury did not find him guilty on that charge, Lua said.

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The second statement, indicates the only argument that came against the verdict.  The argument was not about guilt or innocence; the argument had to do with the length of punishment itself. 

Krueger’s attorney said he didn’t get a fair trial because prosecutors brought up past allegations of child molestation, none of which led to a conviction.

"I think that's cruel and unusual punishment, many defense lawyers do, for him, at 53 years old,” said Krueger’s attorney George Woodworth. “This amounts to a life sentence.”

“On one hand you think he is 53 years old and has to serve 75 years to life, and on the other hand you have to look at the crime he has committed,” said Deputy D.A. John Lua. “He molested these children numerous times, it wasn't on single occurrence, it was ongoing.”

Krueger’s attorney said they he will appeal the 75 year sentence on the basis that it’s cruel and unusual punishment.

[From:  Man sentenced to 75 years for molesting adopted sons, 2007 ]

Often times a child molester is NOT convicted, simply because the victims were not ready or able to go through the emotional ordeal a court date brings.  People need to remember just how difficult it is discussing the details behind sexual abuse.  It's not locker-room sex-talk.  It far more confusing and complex.  In order to get a conviction, there must be overwhelming evidence that proves, (or at least shows beyond a reasonable doubt), the accused is guilty of committing the crime(s) presented.

75 years IS a very long sentence.  Most convicted child molesters in our archived cases have to serve only a fraction of that time.

Perhaps longer sentences for foster/adoptive parents who are found guilty of sexual molestation of a child put in their care should get longer sentences. Who knows... maybe longer prison terms would serve as a strong deterrent.  One has to remember, a child predator is not made or created after a single foster/adoption placement.  A child predator is slowly developed and is groomed. Child molesters are patient individuals... they can and will wait... and do what they have to do to get what it is they really want.  [This is the game -- plotting, planning, and waiting... all for the thrill that goes with one moment -- the thrill that goes with getting caught.]

Personally, I'm open to any idea that keeps child molesters far away from the foster/adopted children, and that includes deterring them from the foster/adoption process, itself.  It's bad enough children are sexually abused by parents and other adults children are told to love and trust.  Having a foster/adoptive parent that is sexually abusive after care arrangements have been made will only make matters for the fostered/adopted child much much worse. 

Back to this specific case.  In general, I think much of a final conviction and sentencing has to do with what the victims and other witnesses had to say about the case and the individual -- both on and off court record.  A 75 year sentence suggests this was a little more than your average plain vanilla flavored child molestation case.  This must be very difficult news for those who wish to deny the accused is little more than a convicted criminal sex offender.

What you said is true if the

What you said is true if the victim has anything to deny in the first place, other wise your writing is irrelevant. I wish i could say that I was molested so that everyone else would be right and stop saying I'm denying reality, but the truth is John Krueger did nothing to me or my brothers. I do have to give thanks for something that has come out of this ordeal, and that is, my eyes were opened to how what other people is "Best for You" is actually there way of saying deal with it cause i wanna get payed. That and the people who are supposed to tell you the truth only lie.

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